See Jane Do beat my post today with their smashing newsletter. But it is only today that I know what I want to say about Saturday’s  “Passion Into Action” women’s day in Grass  Valley, CA.

When I first arrived at “Passion Into Action” on Saturday morning I was excited because I knew so many people who were attending and presenting. And as my BFFs will attest to I was also pretty darn cynical about what was going to be said about and required of me to be “passionate.” Sometimes when women converge, “passion” is another word for being politically correct… in whatever way that group deems correct. And sometimes that correctness can be pretty wimpy and nauseatingly.. ugh.. girly. And, well, there was some of that. But I have to be honest. That is not what happened to me.

I actually found myself thinking deeply about my “reason to be”, my passion and my voice. What is my voice? What stops me from passionately expressing my voice? And the message that I heard repeatedly from all the keynoters, introducers and break out sessions was, “abandon all fear!” And although See Jane Do has somewhat of an agenda, I didn’t feel beholden to their agenda …at all. In fact, I felt not only that all passions were welcome, but that I really wanted to “be a Jane.” That overriding message of eliminating self doubt, limitations and fear is a big issue. It is important. And it is very real for all of us. I left there touched deeply.

So here is my passion- unabashedly- without fear – to appear and appear and appear in this blog:

I want to change our relationship with work. That relationship is normally a pretty negative experience. Last millennium brought us the assembly line and the Labor Movement. This millennium is the birth of life/work balance and capital transparency. And I intend to usher it along, one small business at a time.

Love to my sisters,


Ruth Schwartz

Ruth Schwartz is the author of "The Key to the Golden Handcuffs". She is a high performance business consultant and leadership coach. Connect with Ruth to participate in the conversation. Google+, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube .